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Today's News

  • Route 51 project on to next step

     

    As the deadline for public comments nears, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to select the routes for four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 through this area.

     

    The agency held informal public meetings in Ramsey, Vandalia and Patoka last week in order to receive comments from area residents on the proposed route alternatives in the three communities, and it will continue taking comments through April 21.

  • Dagen's double, Godoyo's 11 strikeouts lead Lady Vandals to win

    VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals were happy to be back.

    Freshman Lindsay Dagen hit a two-run double to break open a one-run game in the bottom of the fourth inning to back up an 11-strikeout effort from senior Megan Godoyo, and Vandalia beat St. Elmo/Brownstown, 5-2, to run its winning streak to three games.

    “You have to score runs, and we’re getting enough hits,” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher. “I think we’re going to hold people down for the most part, as long as we play solid defensively.”

  • Vandals to open SCC play after rainouts

    When the Vandals take the field of their South Central Conference opener, it will begin a stretch of six games in a week’s time and be just the second game played in April.

    Vandalia was scheduled to open SCC play last Friday at Carlinville, but that game was canceled and rescheduled for April 29, so the conference opener will now be at home on Friday against Pana.

  • Lady Vandals win at Hillsboro meet

    HILLSBORO – The Lady Vandals won the first outdoor meet of the season last Tuesday, despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to hinder the event.

    Rain came over Hillsboro a little over an hour after the meet began, but that didn’t stop Vandalia from accumulating 74 points and six first-place finishes to beat Southwestern, Hillsboro and Carlinville.

    Freshman Emma Meyer set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and she also was the champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, with times of 13.27 and 28.28 seconds, respectively.

  • Racing begins Friday

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    Fayette County Speedway promoter Charlie Depew opened the track for practice over the weekend to prepare for the 2014 racing season.  

    Several drivers were in attendance to test and tune their race cars in preparation for this Friday’s opening night. The pits and grandstand open at 5 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m. Racing immediately follows hot laps.

    Admission is $30 for a pit pass, $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children ages 8-12 and free for children 7-and-under who attend with a paying adult.

  • Rain doesn't slow up national relay stage

    A national relay raising money for One Run For Boston passed through Fayette County last Thursday night, despite cold and rainy conditions.

    Rick Myers, a Vandalia resident and marathon enthusiast, was joined for Stage 214 by Matt Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Ealy of Effingham for an 11-mile run beginning at 11:10 p.m. at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City.

    The run continued to the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate Drive in St. Elmo, with the trio arriving slightly ahead of schedule at 1:12 a.m.

  • SC's Bray has two HRs, Smith strokes game-winning hit in DH sweep of Patoka

    South Central senior Kyle Bray hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader against Patoka on Tuesday, and junior Dylan Smith's seventh-inning single in game two gave the Cougars the sweep.

    Bray's homer in game one broke a scoreless tie, and he also struck out 11 from the mound in the 2-0 victory.
    Junior Noah Powless doubled, and sophomore Brett Harmeier had the team's other RBI.

    Bray again homered in the sixth inning of game two as the Cougars rallied for seven runs in the final three innings of an 8-7 victory.

  • PHOTOS: Vandalia cheer awards

    Vandalia's high school and junior high cheerleaders recently held their annual award banquets.

     

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 10)

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •April 9 – Patton, a South Central graduate, earned a two-inning save in a 3-2 win against Memphis. He struck out three and allowed just one hit in his outing.
    •April 5 – Patton earned the win in relief during a 4-3 win against Nashville. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one, while walking one and allowing one hit.

  • Sports Briefs (April 10)

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will once again be hosting a local level competition in Major League Baseball’s national Pitch, Hit and Run and contest.

    The free skills competition will be held at the YMCA’s soccer fields on April 26 at 1:30 p.m., with registration to begin at 1 p.m.

    Boys and girls will be divided into age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) for the competition in the first of four levels of the contest.